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Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto sorry for insulting US in prostitute row

An outspoken Japanese politician apologised yesterday for saying US troops should patronise prostitutes as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another remark about Japan's use of sex slaves during the second world war.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 2:42am 3 comments

Japanese city puts its name up for sale

A debt-ridden Japanese city is offering to rename itself after the highest bidder, an official said yesterday.

Izumisano, in the western prefecture of Osaka, owes its creditors well over 100 billion yen (HK$9.7 billion), the official said, adding the presence of nearby Kansai International Airport was partly to blame.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:15am

Travellers' checks

31 Aug 2012 - 7:12pm

Amazing graze

What do you do when you have only 36 hours to eat in one of the most food-obsessed cities in one of the world's most food-obsessed countries?

You hit the ground eating.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

The wind of change gusting through Osaka politics may well reach Tokyo

Japan has just experienced a major political earthquake, but few people outside the country even noticed. The convincing election victory of Toru Hashimoto to become Osaka mayor threatens to shake up the politics of the city, the Kansai region and Japan at large, with ripples that could spread beyond the country.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Bargain tours to Japan up for grabs

For those not put off by strong aftershocks and a red travel alert, bargain tours to Japan will be on offer from next Saturday.

EGL Tours and Package Tour will be the only agencies in town to restart tours to Japan this month. They will skip northeast Japan and Tokyo and target southern destinations and Hokkaido.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mother of three, 42, makes experience count against rival half her age

Mother-of-three Kuniko Nakamura of Japan showed age was no barrier when she successfully defended her half-marathon women's title.

The 42-year-old became one of the oldest winners of the race as experience and class shone through.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am